8 Ways to Deal with Grief and Loss

Everyone copes with grief and loss in different ways.  Many people report feeling numb after an initial tragedy or loss.  But the emotions that come after that can be varied and unique.  Some of the feelings people experience after loss are denial, disbelief, confusion, anger, shock, sadness, yearning, despair or guilt.  You may cycle through the stages of grief fairly [...]

Selling Your Home While You’re in Assisted Living

Paying a mortgage or maintaining an existing home while in assisted living isn't practical or financially feasible for many people. For those who plan on staying in assisted living or moving into a retirement home in the near future, now may be a good time to consider selling one's home. Doing so can help to supplement retirement income, making [...]

20 Ways to Safeguard Your Home for Family Members with Alzheimer’s Disease

Preparing your home for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can seem difficult and overwhelming.  Most families like to keep their loved ones at home as long as possible, to give them a sense of familiarity and safety.  Because safety is so important for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, safeguarding your home is an extremely important step to take, [...]

13 Ways to Stimulate Brain Activity In Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s disease can be debilitating and all-consuming.  That’s why it’s important to do two things when you or a loved one has Alzheimer’s: find relaxation techniques to ease anxiety and find mental stimulation activities to help brain functioning.  Below are thirteen different techniques to ease anxiety and stimulate brain activity.   Techniques to ease anxiety and produce calm in Alzheimer’s [...]

Books for Kids about Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia affect millions of people across the world today.  Which means that it also affects millions of children: children who have to watch their loved ones go through the debilitating effects of this disease.  It may be very confusing for kids, as they wonder what’s happening and if it’s something that could happen to them too.  Here [...]

Foggy Days: A Story of Three Women Navigating Alzheimer’s. Part 1

Her grandmother kept asking her the same question over and over.  It was getting quite annoying.  She was trying to be patient, but why did Gram continue to ask her about her school play?  She’d already TOLD her that it was Romeo and Juliet, and that she was playing Juliet.  She’d told her three times now.  And every time her [...]

Physical and Mental Exercise for Alzheimer’s Patients

Studies have proven that exercise reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.  And not only that, but regular physical activity can improve the performance of daily activities for those who already have Alzheimer’s disease.  Since there is no cure currently for Alzheimer’s disease, prevention is the best tool that we have.  And exercise is a practical and economical way to do [...]

Essential Oils and Alzheimer’s

For those looking for ways to ease, and even curb, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, there are a variety of natural methods to choose from.  There’s limited research on the benefit of these methods, but many believe they are worth trying.   One of those methods is the use of essential oils.  Essential oils can be used to treat all [...]

Ben’s Story: Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Care, Part 2

For part one of Ben's Story CLICK HERE Lora thought back on the life they’d had so far.  They’d had their moments, sure, but it had mostly been a happy life.  They both loved their jobs and in their free time, they adventured as a family.  They’d go on hikes and Ben and the kids would splash in the lakes [...]

Meditation and Alzheimer’s Disease

Though there is currently no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are several suggestions for helping to slow the progression of the disease. One of those suggestions is mediation.  How does meditation help slow Alzheimer’s disease? A recent study by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center divided 14 adults, aged 55-90, into two groups.  One group received regular care with no [...]